Much of my work explores our physical and emotional connection to place, and notions of belonging and dislocation. I often make pictures with the people close to me, like this one of my dear friend and neighbour Jackie. A little earlier this year we were celebrating her 30th birthday; it was an exuberant night full of dancing and cake. My gift to her was making this portrait. Using my camera to witness and hold a significant moment in her journey through time, I wanted to make an intimate and celebratory picture that reflected her spirit of kindness, beauty and strength.